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A DRPA worker hands out a card telling motorists about the PATCO rail project which will mean lane restrictions on the Ben Franklin Bridge beginning next week. Credit: Mark Abrams

A DRPA worker hands out a card telling motorists about the PATCO rail project which will mean lane restrictions on the Ben Franklin Bridge beginning next week. Credit: Mark Abrams

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By Mark Abrams

CAMDEN N.J. (CBS) — Staff from the Delaware River Port Authority and Port Authority Transit Corporation were positioned in the cash toll lanes of the Benjamin Franklin bridge Monday morning to reach out to drivers with information on the upcoming PATCO rail project which will restrict lanes on the bridge beginning next week.

The DRPA and PATCO have been holding information sessions at PATCO stations and town-hall style meetings throughout South Jersey to get the word out about the track project and its impact on users of the trains.

Now, they’re reaching out to commuters who drive across the Ben Franklin Bridge to let them know that reconstruction work is going to begin right after Memorial Day on the PATCO line.

That work will mean lane restrictions topside on the bridge which will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And, of course, when you restrict lanes on such a busy span, there will be extensive delays on the bridge for commuters.

So, to help drivers avoid those back-ups, representatives will be at cash toll booths today handing out information about the project and suggesting alternative routes.

E-Z Pass customers also will be getting the same information sent to them by way of emails from the DRPA.

 

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